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Krishna and Radha

Asian Art

This watercolor image is called a Kalighat painting, produced quickly and in multiples for sale in the markets around the Kali temple in Kolkata at the turn of the twentieth century. Common features of Kalighat paintings are the loose application of shading around the arms, legs, and faces of the figures and the rudimentary curtain at the top to suggest a stage or altar setting. Indian modernist artists of the early twentieth century would cite Kalighat paintings as a source of inspiration, noting that their Indian predecessors were abstracting the human form even before European painters.
MEDIUM Watercolors on paper with polished tin accents
DATES late 19th-early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 16 x 10 1/2 in. (40.6 x 26.7 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. Bertram H. Schaffner
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Krishna and Radha, late 19th-early 20th century. Watercolors on paper with polished tin accents, 16 x 10 1/2 in. (40.6 x 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Bertram H. Schaffner, 2000.98.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2000.98.3_IMLS_PS4.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2000.98.3_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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